Food for Thought …

Tools make us more efficient … Strategies make us more effective … Habits make us more consistent.” (Morelan, 2017)

Crisis Management

There’s an old Irish curse: “May you live in interesting times!”

In addition to the usual challenges of administration, many districts continue to struggle with increasing economic insecurity and the ongoing COVID crisis … not to mention racial violence, massive wildfires, and even hurricanes! Interesting times, indeed.

This article discusses a variety of unexpected challenges faced by district administrators across the country, and how these leaders learned new communication and engagement strategies to help them navigate the kinds of events that schools can’t always plan for.

May the insights they gained by overcoming these obstacles provide inspiration for your future practice.

Strategies to Engage Students

We've talked extensively in this blog about the importance of engaging students in learning. And as you know, it's also a major focus of Schmoker's Effective Teaching model. This article offers yet another look at this vital instructional … [Continue reading]

The Importance of Brain Breaks

Want your students (or teachers) to learn more effectively? Research by John Sweller and others suggests that taking more "brain breaks" is the key. This article discusses "cognitive load theory," and reminds us that the human brain has a fairly … [Continue reading]

Closing Equity Gaps

The impact of COVID-19 threatens to worsen long-standing equity gaps in postsecondary attainment ... and ultimately in economic mobility. Helping students (especially those minority students often left behind) access and succeed in postsecondary … [Continue reading]